Freedom United

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Freedom United is a movement of people everywhere, fighting to end one of the world's greatest evils: modern slavery.

Started 7 petitions

Petitioning Hon. Najib Balala

End sexual exploitation of children in Kenya

The last place you should expect to find a child is in a brothel; yet for 17-year-old Phoebe from Kenya, this is her life. (Name changed to protect her identity) Phoebe comes from a poor family. When she dropped out of school, she went in search of a better life – instead she has been forced to have group sex with tourists for no money. Reports indicate that more than 50,000 children are involved in different forms of commercial sexual exploitation. It is most common along the Kenyan Coast where the majority of tourism activities take place – in fact sex offenders travel to Kenya for this very reason: to prey on these vulnerable victims. No child should be forced into the commercial sex industry for their survival. We must ensure that these predators keep their hands off Kenya's children. Join Walk Free and Child Aid Organization Kenya in calling on the Kenyan government to declare zero tolerance of commercial sexual exploitation of children, backed by regular monitoring and law enforcement.

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Petitioning World Leaders

Help End Child Slavery in Crisis Situations

For children in South Sudan, war and violence is a part of everyday life. With their schools frequently bombed or attacked, many are at risk of abduction or trafficking. Since the start of the conflict 18 months ago, 13,000 children have already been recruited as child soldiers. Children abducted or trafficked in conflict areas are violently forced into slavery, either as child soldiers fighting battles they aren’t old enough to understand, or as victims of sexual slavery and forced marriage. Yet for boys and girls in Yei Town there is a beacon of hope. On the site of a bombed primary school, the Kinji Primary School has opened and now provides education to 1,300 children. In unstable environments like South Sudan, having a safe place to spend the day offers these children important protection from modern slavery. Right now we have a unique opportunity to help more children living in dangerous areas access education and find the support they need. A Global Fund for Education in Emergencies has been set up to help provide education to children in emergency areas across the world, supporting children in the very worst situations. We want World Leaders to publically commit to making donations to this fund, so that more schools like the Kinji Primary School can be built all around the world. With conflicts in many countries showing no signs of slowing, more must be done to protect children from slavery in emergency situations. Please help us draw attention to this issue by signing our petition.

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Petitioning World Leaders

Help End Child Slavery in Crisis Situations

UPDATE: During the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, the Education Cannot Wait Fund was launched to give children living in conflict and disaster zones access to education: lowering their risk to some of the worse forms of modern slavery. Thank you to everyone who signed our petition and helped put pressure on those who had the power to create this fund. However, the recruitment of child soldiers still remains rife in South Sudan. Despite UNICEF claiming in October 2016 that some 145 child soldiers in South Sudan were released, an estimated 16,000 children are still in “armed groups.” For children in South Sudan, war and violence is a part of everyday life. With their schools frequently bombed or attacked, many are at risk of abduction or trafficking. Since the start of the conflict 18 months ago, 13,000 children have already been recruited as child soldiers. Children abducted or trafficked in conflict areas are violently forced into slavery, either as child soldiers fighting battles they aren’t old enough to understand, or as victims of sexual slavery and forced marriage. Yet for boys and girls in Yei Town there is a beacon of hope. On the site of a bombed primary school, the Kinji Primary School has opened and now provides education to 1,300 children. In unstable environments like South Sudan, having a safe place to spend the day offers these children important protection from modern slavery. Right now we have a unique opportunity to help more children living in dangerous areas access education and find the support they need. A Global Fund for Education in Emergencies has been set up to help provide education to children in emergency areas across the world, supporting children in the very worst situations. We want World Leaders to publically commit to making donations to this fund, so that more schools like the Kinji Primary School can be built all around the world. With conflicts in many countries showing no signs of slowing, more must be done to protect children from slavery in emergency situations. Please help us draw attention to this issue by signing our petition.

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Petitioning Mariana Gras

Combatí la violencia y la trata de mujeres en Argentina

Puede ser difícil de creer, pero se estima que 77.300 personas están atrapadas en situación de esclavitud moderna en Argentina, (1) incluyendo mujeres como Carolina. (2) A los 23 años, a Carolina le prometieron una carrera como actriz, luego de perder su trabajo en un supermercado en Colombia. En lugar de eso, cuando llegó a la Argentina, se dio cuenta que la habían engañado y cayó como víctima de trata con fines de explotación sexual. El gobierno argentino dijo que tiene un Plan Nacional de Acción (3) que permite implementar las leyes y brindar una mejor asistencia a las víctimas como Carolina, así como a víctimas de otras formas de violencia de género. Sin embargo, el plan nunca se publicó oficialmente, pese a que el gobierno afirmó haberlo desarrollado con la contribución de más de 38.000 mujeres. (4) Un plan sólido puede facilitar la implementación de la actual ley para prevenir la violencia hacia las mujeres,5 incluyendo acciones para proveer asistencia a las víctimas y medidas para prevenir la violencia de género. Llegó el momento de acabar con todas las formas de violencia hacia las mujeres en Argentina, incluyendo la trata. Pedile a Mariana Gras, Presidenta del Consejo Nacional de las Mujeres, que actúe ya. SOURCES (1) http://www.globalslaveryindex.org/country/argentina/ (2) El nombre fue cambiado para preservar la identidad de la víctima. (3) Plan Nacional de Acción para la Prevención, Asistencia y Erradicación de la Violencia contra las Mujeres. (4) Así lo ha afirmado Argentina ante las Naciones Unidas en su informe al Comité CEDAW (enero de 2013 y enero 2015), y en el Informe del EPU (agosto 2012). 5. En el mismo sentido, informe PNUD-ONU Mujeres (2013).

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Petitioning United States Congress

Tell Congress to Listen to Survivors and Strengthen Their Efforts to End Modern Slavery

“As a young child here in Kentucky, my nightmare began when I was first auctioned off to a willing buyer and sexually abused. That scenario played out repeatedly in hotel rooms and private homes until I finally escaped at age 18 -- far too late to prevent numerous mental and physical health problems.”– Margeaux Gray Today, Margeaux Gray is a powerful anti-trafficking advocate, who has testified before U.S. state legislatures and helped drive the enactment of legislation that strengthens victim protections. Human trafficking survivors are in the best position to advise which policies and practices work, and creating a survivor-led platform like the U.S. Advisory Council values survivors beyond their trauma story. Human trafficking is a complex and serious crime that tears at our social fabric. Efforts to combat this crime must be equally complex – victim-centered, comprehensive, and trauma-informed. Because they were once victims of sex or labor trafficking, modern slavery survivors have the most direct and intimate knowledge of the harm caused by their trafficking situations and should have a say in what it takes to stop the problem. The U.S. Government does not have an institutionalized structure to listen to trafficking survivors when crafting policies and anti-trafficking initiatives. As awareness of human trafficking grows, we are stepping up to address this atrocity. If Congress would listen to survivors when it comes to policy-making, then laws combatting human trafficking and modern slavery would lead to more effective solutions. Senator Boxer introduced legislation (S.121) that would enable the federal government to take a victim-centered approach by being meaningfully informed by modern slavery survivors. This legislation is vital to helping our government implement the most effective anti-trafficking policies and programs by establishing the first ever survivor-led U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking. Survivor voices must be heard. This platform would value survivors beyond their story and strengthen government-wide plans and solutions to combat human trafficking and modern slavery. Tell Congress to listen to survivors. SOURCE: http://www.kentucky.com/2014/06/22/3303668_margeaux-gray-resources-lacking.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

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United to end slavery. Support the declaration!

For the first time in history, leaders of the world’s largest faiths have come together. Their goal is to end slavery. Committed to the dignity and freedom that is the birthright of all humankind, Catholic, Anglican, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, and Orthodox leaders will sign a Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders Against Modern Slavery on World Day for the Abolition of Slavery. Will you join with them and sign a declaration to end slavery once and for all?

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United to end slavery. Support the declaration!

For the first time in history, leaders of the world’s largest faiths have come together. Their goal is to end slavery. Committed to the dignity and freedom that is the birthright of all humankind, Catholic, Anglican, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, and Orthodox leaders will sign a Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders Against Modern Slavery on World Day for the Abolition of Slavery. Will you join with them and sign a declaration to end slavery once and for all?

Freedom United
3,555 supporters